This technique may well work even after the spawn is
finished, because many times the males will stick
around for two or three weeks after the spawn is done.
Look for flats that are sandy or full of gravel. Very
slowly troll the entire area, changing your speed and
lures as needed to be effective.
Make sure that the lines are the right distance behind
the boat for the water depth and the trolling speed you
When you are in shallow water the long lines should be
a longer distance behind the boat, to allow the Walleye
to move out of the way and then come back to the area
the bait is going through.
Between one hundred and two hundred feet behind the
boat is a good yardstick for shallow water and trolling
If you are trolling the flats and you need to cover a
large area, one way to do this is to use inline planer
boards which are small, and you can run the baits on
the long line behind the planer boards.
This will help you spread out your bait more, and
increase your chance of finding the Walleye.
Of course, always follow the laws in your area
concerning the number of lines each person can have
Thin crankbaits can really help during this trolling
technique, because the wobble they provide is not as
aggressive as the fatter crankbaits.
#13 Floating Rapalas work great in the spring, and if
you need an even shallower bait try the #11 series as
For warmer weather when the Walleye are deeper, jet
divers with spoons, worm harnesses, and deep diving
crankbaits can be set between one hundred and twenty
and one hundred and sixty feet behind the boat, with a
trolling speed of around 1.5mph.
Troll around the underwater structure in the deeper
water, and also near the edges of any weed patches in
Long line trolling can really be effective, by placing the
bait at just the right distance to negate the effects of
your boat on the Walleye.
You may have to vary the length of the long lines
behind the boat, and make some speed adjustments, to
find the most effective combinations for the specific
conditions, but once you do these techniques can really
bring in the fish.